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Mimosa

Becrux, Beta Crucis

Proper NamesMimosa, Becrux
Bayer DesignationBeta Crucis
Flamsteed NumberNone
HR (BSC)4853
HD111123
ConstellationCrux
Right Ascension12h 48m 49s
Declination-59° 47' 20"
Distance279 light years
85 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +1.2 to +1.3
Absolute: -3.4 to -3.3
Spectral ClassB0.5III Blue Giant
Optimum VisibilityApril
NotesThe second brightest of the stars of Crux, Mimosa (often also called Becrux) forms the eastern arm of the Southern Cross. Mimosa is rapidly pulsating variable of the Beta Cephei type, whose internal structure causes shifts in its brightness to recur several times a day.
Location of Mimosa

Mimosa is the second brightest of the four stars that make up Crux, the Southern Cross. Like all Crux' stars, it occupies a dense region of the Milky Way, and lies near the Jewel Box cluster.

Mimosa or Becrux is the second brightest of the four stars that make up Crux, the Southern Cross. Like all Crux' stars, it occupies a dense region of the Milky Way, and lies near the Jewel Box cluster.

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